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Dinners

Dinners:

  1. Be sure to work with your RC to get your faculty person  (if one is coming) a ticket to Washakie Dining (and give it to them before the dinner).  Make sure to clarify where you’ll meet, and if possible reserve a table for your FIG.

  2. Consider doing dinner off campus (which kills two birds with one stone: builds community among you and your students and familiarizes your students with the Laramie community)

  3. Although not essential, consider bringing to the table discussion topics.  Some possibilities are:
    If it’s just you and your students:
    • What was discussed in class this week (or recently)
    • Discuss Common Reading.  If your FIG decides to read a book or article (or movie or other texts) related to the topic of the FIG together, a meal is a great time to discuss it.  You will need to develop discussion questions.
    • Make sure you include everyone at the table.
    • Others?
    If it’s with a faculty person
    • No discussing grades.
    • Ask each student to bring a question to ask the faculty member.  Some possible questions:
    • Ask about academic career, and why they came to UW
    • Why are they passionate about their subject?
    • What kind of research have they done, and/or have planned for the future
    • How can students get into a similar field?
    • How can students get involved in the subject outside of class (clubs, research, service learning, etc.)
    • Others?
    Either/Both
    • Which UW sports do they enjoy?
    • Where are they from originally and where have they traveled?
    • Do they have any pets or children?
    • What are their hobbies?
    • What kind of food do they like to eat?
    • What is their favorite book, movie, song, or television show?
    • Are they involved in community service?
    • Others?

  4. Be sure to write a thank you note to the faculty person joining you for dinner (and have your students sign it).  If you are doing a casual dinner with your residents, be sure to thank them at the end.

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